The following statements of faith and doctrine do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible (Holy Scriptures) itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of UBC’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Ministerial Staff and Deacons are UBC’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
Luke 16:29-31; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 1:1; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 16:13-15; Matthew 22:29-31; Psalm 119:1-8; Psalm 19:7-10
The True God.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressible glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 48:12; Exodus 3:14; Hebrews 11:6; John 5:26; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 1:14-18; John 15:26; Galatians 4:6; Matthew 28:19
The Fall of Man.
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to sin; and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7; John 1:23; Genesis 3:4-7; Genesis 3:22-24; Romans 5:12, 14, 19, 21; Romans 7:23-25; Romans 11:18, 22, 32-33; Colossians 1:21
The Way of Salvation.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience; and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest of sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior.
Colossians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:7-10; Galatians 2:19-20; Galatians 3:13; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:21
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe on Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
Romans 3:24; 4:2; 5:1-2; 8:30; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Freeness of Salvation.
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Ephesians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Romans 5:1-9; Revelation 22:17; John 3:16; Mark 16:16
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
John 3:1-8; 1:16-18; Romans 8:2; Ephesians 2:1, 5-6, 8, 10; Ephesians 4:30, 32; Colossians 3:1-11; Titus 3:5
Repentance and Faith.
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying upon him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.
Luke 22:31-34; Mark 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:13; Romans 3:25; Romans 3:27, 31; Romans 4:3, 9, 12, 16-17; John 16:8-11.
God’s Purpose of Grace.
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, trust in God and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effect in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
Romans 8:30; Romans 11:7; Ephesians 1:10; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:17-19; Psalm 110:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:5; John 6:44-45, 65; Romans 10:12-15; 2 Timothy 1:9
We believe that sanctification is the process by which according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Healer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
Acts 20:32; John 17:17; Romans 6:5-6; Ephesians 3:16; Romans 4:14; Galatians 5:24; Hebrews 12:14; Romans 7:18-25; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16; 25-26
The Perseverance of Saints.
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Romans 8:30; Romans 9:11,16; Romans 5:9-10; Matthew 26:70-75
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of University Baptist Church of Beavercreek Ohio as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the UBC members and the community, it is imperative that all members, persons employed by UBC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of UBC.
Sanctity of Human Life.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).